Completion of the brewery is proceeding well. Work continues on the brewhouse wiring, glycol system, and the cold room. We brought up our steam boiler today. This will be used as the heat source for the mash and brew kettle. We plan to test the brewing system at the end of this week. See updated photos.
The day has finally arrived. Mazama Brewing will take delivery of our brewhouse and fermenters on Monday, February 11th. You are welconme to stop by if you are in Corvallis, but we'll be sure to take lots of photos and share with you. Here is a picture of the brewhouse at the JV Northwest
I get asked almost daily if our brewery equipment is in place. Despite the flurry of construction activity at the brewery, there are no tanks yet. With new home construction, the last thing to go in are the appliances. Think of the brewhouse and tanks as the apliances for the brewery.
Great news! We received confirmation form JV Northwest today that everything will be complete on January 30th. We look forward to the day the trucks arrive. From that point, it will be a matter of completing the wiring and plumbing connections. I will be sure to post lots of pics when the equipment arrives. Please check out our recent photosf recent progress.
The brewery build-out is moving along well. We have some walls and ceilings painted and the floor tile installation is proceeding well. Next up are plumbing of water, natural gas, glycol lines and the steam boiler. It is looking less like a warehouse and more like a brewery every day!
This is a view of the cellar area from the mezzanine above the brewhouse. Tile installation is moving ahead nicely. The field tile is hexagonal, framed by rectangular tiles along the floor drain in the center and along the walls.
Here is a close-up of the floor drain detail. None of the grout is installed yet.
Here is a shot showing the perimeter detail, including the cove tile on the walls and the rectangular tiles framing everything. This takes a lot of precise cutting (glad I'm not doing it). Note the wall color just above the tiles - we'll extend this color up the walls.
It's not only a construction project! We're home-brewing batches of beer to perfect our recipes. Some need to be heated to keep them warm enough to ferment properly (the front right carboy is wrapped with an electric reptile heater).
This is a view if the bar area. Framing, electrical and plumbing rough-ins are complete. Next is insulation and sheetrock.
The holes in the floor are now all patched up with fresh new concrete. This section of the floor slopes to the trench drain in the center. Next step we'll cover all this with brewery tile.
We have removed a 50' x 15' section of the concrete floor to add drain pipe and electrical conduit and to place a trench drain for the brewhouse and cellar areas. The brewhouse will be in the foreground, and the cellar will be toward the back. The building is a beehive of activity as we complete the framing of rooms and the bar, and complete the electrical and plumbing rough-in.
We have changed the name of the brewery to Mazama Brewing Company. As we recently learned, the name Northwest Brewing was taken - not long before us - by a brew pub in Washington. We move on.....
We are excited about the new name and are glad this transition happened early enough to not disrupt our business. We hope you like the new name.
Last Friday, August 10th, we placed the order for our brand new 20-barrel brewhouse with 20- and 40-barrel fermentors. It will be built by JV Northwest. We hope to have the equipment on site by the end of 2012.